Virtual Classroom Periodic Table

Welcome to the Abilene Public Library’s Virtual Classroom.  This space will offer a new place for youth, teens, and adults to learn more about a variety of topics, with new content added regularly.

For each class, we'll share background information, educational videos, lesson plans, resources available for continued learning and more. Plus, we’ll offer a link to a test we’d appreciate if you completed to show what you learned!

Periodic Table of the Elements
How the Elements Got Their Names
Periodic Table - Crash Course in Chemistry
  • Demitri Ivanovich Mendeleev studied elements for the idea of the periodic table.
  • 60 elements are known at the time and are laid out according to atomic weight and reactivity.
  • Mendeleev noticed gaps in the elements weights and realized that there were undiscovered elements.
  • Alkali metals, Alkaline earth metals, Transition metals, Halogens, Metals, Metalloids, Gases and nonmetals were known at Mendeleev's time. Lanthanides and Actinides plus noble gases were not.  
  • Six others worked on the periodicity of elements.  Mendeleev knew the information the best and printed it in a textbook on Chemistry.  
  • Mendeleev denied the existence of atoms.  
Royal Society of Chemistry - History of the Periodic Table
Royal Society of Chemistry Periodic Table
Royal Society of Chemistry periodic table
The Royal Society of Chemistry's interactive periodic table features history, Alchemy, podcasts, videos and data trends across the periodic table.  Copy and paste the following URL into your browser, then click the tabs at the top and explore each section.  Use the buttons to change your view of the periodic table.  Murray Robertson is responsible for the Visual Elements artwork.  Click each element to read detailed information regarding the history of the element including the scientists who discovered the element and when.

Careers in Chemistry
Watch this video and discover the different jobs that can be found in the Chemistry field of study.  The presenter speaks about the what you need to do in college to pick up the skills needed for this field.  He describes the skills needed, jobs and careers, entry jobs as lab techs, entry level chemist, internships, and graduate school.  He also explores careers in Chemistry that can be developed once a student has achieved a graduate degree, the different industries where chemists work, building a healthy resume and creating a social network.  The presenter provides tips to landing a job, undergraduate research, and learning interpersonal skills.
  1. Resources
  2. Printable Periodic Element Chart
  3. Test your Knowledge
  4. Worksheets
  5. Lesson Plan for the Periodic Chart
  • Easy Teacher Worksheets. Science page. "Chemistry" 12, Aug. 2020.
  • Easy Teacher Worksheets. Science page. "Periodic Table" 12, Aug. 2020. 
  • Easy Teacher Worksheets. Science page. "Elements, Compounds and Mixtures" 12, Aug. 2020. 
  • Nichols, Megan Ray.  "Who made the Periodic Table and Why?" Schooled by Science. 9, Aug. 2020.
  • Royal Society of Chemistry. "Periodic Table".  Royal Society of Chemistry 9, Aug. 2020.
Book CoverBook Cover
Chemical Compounds Offers information on the ways in which different chemical elements combine to form commonly-used chemical compounds, such as water, ammonia, and aspirin. Defines what a chemical compound actually is and the difference between organic and inorganic compounds, as well as providing definitions of acids, bases, salts, oxides, and coordination compounds. Features a general historical overview of major discoveries and the notable scientists who made them.Chemical Elements by David E. Newton. Provides in-depth information on 112 known chemical elements, plus coverage of recently discovered elements 113 through 116 and 118. These "books" themselves are clickable links or they can also be found in the
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